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Investigate a Guinness World Record

Students will research a current Guinness World Record and create a timeline of that record to show how it has changed-or developments that have made it possible to achieve-over time.

PROCESS:

  1. Prior to conducting this activity obtain a copy of the most recent Guinness Book of World Records. If possible, obtain several copies of the book.
  2. As a class, in small groups, or with a partner, have students browse through the book, identifying what they think are the most amazing world records. Encourage them to identify one current world record to investigate further.
  3. Give students time to conduct research to learn more about that world record. If it's a new record for a pre-existing item, how and why has the record changed over time? If it's a brand-new record, what new inventions or ideas made it possible and where did they come from?
  4. Challenge them to compile facts and photos to show what they learned. Have students use those materials to create a timeline of the world record.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their timelines with the class. As they share, encourage students to discuss reasons why each record may have changed-or become possible to achieve-over time.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Review the book as a class and select one current world record to investigate. Then have students complete the project in small groups. Encourage groups to include at least three facts and accompanying photos in their timelines.
Grades 5-6:
Review the book as a class. Then have students complete the project with a partner. Encourage pairs to select one current world record to investigate. Challenge them to include at least five facts and accompanying photos in their timelines.
Grades 7-8:
Assign each student a partner. Have each pair select one current world record that has been broken several times in the past to investigate. Challenge them to identify each record holder and gather details about how and when the record was broken each time. Encourage them to compile a detailed list of facts and photos to include in their timelines.
Grades 9-10:
Assign each student a partner. Have each pair select one brand new world record to investigate. Challenge partners to identify an evolution of inventions or ideas that make the record possible to achieve for the first time. Encourage them to compile a detailed list of facts and photos to include in their timelines.